Weekend Wisdom

Happy Birthday Grandma!

My grandma collected poems from magazines and newspapers which she put in photo albums. I never knew this until last year. Mom and I were sorting through books as we cleaned a small bookshelf she was giving me. Besides the bookshelf, I also brought grandma’s book of poetry home with me.

So in honor of her birthday, here is one of the poems in the photo album.

Grandma’s Favorite Flower


From one birthday to another God will gladly give

To everyone who seeks Him and tries each day to live

A little bit more closely to God and to each other

Seeing everyone who passes as a neighbor, friend or brother.

Not only joy and happiness but the faith to meet each trial,

Not with fear and doubting but with an inner smile.

For we know life’s never measured by how many years we live,

But by the kindly things we do and the happiness we give.

Helen Steiner Rice

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

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